Following their unfortunate exit from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr believes the 2-1 defeat to Argentina was due to luck being far from his team, but regrets naming Kelechi Iheanacho in the starting XI.
Iheanacho, who played alongside Ahmed Musa in the attack, was not able to convert the chances he had to score, but the coach reveals the Leicester City star was not fit for the game.
A first-half goal by Lionel Messi and a late winner by Marcos Rojo made of no effect the converted penalty of Victor Moses and sent the Eagles packing from the competition.
“It was a little bit down to luck and we didn’t have it today,” Rohr said in his post-match interview.
“We did so well. We had the problem of having one day less than Argentina to prepare. Perhaps, at the end of the match, that was dangerous.
“Everybody did well. The goal was coming. When I see what happened in the first half, perhaps I wouldn’t start with the same team because Iheanacho wasn’t fit,” the German technician explained.
The Super Eagles also had opportunities to score in the second half, but Odion Ighalo, who came in for Iheanacho at the start of the final half, failed to convert clear chances.
Nigeria finished third in Group D above Iceland, while Croatia and Argentina finished as winners and runners-up respectively.
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